Birthday cards

Birthday wishes for the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens

The 124th birthday of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens (first opened by Lord Rosebery 22 January 1898) was celebrated with style, even although the building has been closed for three years.

Tribute was paid to the artist and writer Alasdair Gray (1934-2019), whose Continuous Glasgow Show exhibition of 30 new paintings of Glasgow people and places, prised the doors of the Winter Gardens open again on 22 January 1978 after a 12 year closure. We proclaimed 22 January to be Gray Day in honour of Alasdair’s service to Glasgow and the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

Guests were invited to bring along birthday cards with messages for Glasgow City Council. Some of the cards were left on the fence around the building. A selection of the cards are shown here. We will send a link of this piece to Glasgow City Councillors and employees involved in the curation and care of the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green so that the love and good wishes are shared.